CCDA Maya Bursary Fund

Student reads from poster

Access to education is limited in rural Guatemala. Many coffee farmers’ children are unable to attend school past Grade 5. Using profits from their fair trade coffee sales and donations from supporters in Canada, the CCDA provides bursaries that enable the children to attend school. Since there are not enough funds for every child who needs a scholarship, the CCDA prioritizes girls, children who have lost a parent in the land struggle, and youth who will study skills, such as bookkeeping, teaching and agronomy, that the CCDA villages need. This enables Mayan farming communities to take control of their own development.

If you are interested in contributing to the CCDA’s Education Bursary Fund, please send an e-transfer to, or a cheque for BC CASA to:  3859 Lanark St Vancouver BC V5N 3R6, with “CCDA Ed Fund” in the memo line. (Note: BC CASA/Cafe Justicia is a registered non-profit society but not a charity, so we are unable to issue tax receipts for donations to the bursary fund).

(Follow this to read the CCDA’s 2021 report on the bursary students.)

A volunteer teacher provides classes to displaced children sheltered at the CCDA office in Coban. Members of the community of Las Pilas in Alta Verapaz were driven from their homes earlier this year and have taken refuge in the CCDA’s office. The education of these children is assisted by the CCDA’s Bursary fund supported by coffee sales and donations from Canadian supporters. The bursary fund supports children and youth from CCDA families around Guatemala. Read the whole report here: